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MLB hands Jonathan Papelbon a seven-game suspension
by Igor Mello |

Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon has received a seven-game suspension and an undisclosed fine for his actions following the top of the ninth inning of the Sunday against Miami, via the MLB Public Relations department.

Papelbon had a meltdown and allowed four runs in the ninth inning for the blown save and loss on Sunday. He has converted 37 of 41 save chances, with a 2.10 ERA and a 0.90 WHIP over 64 1/3 innings. He will not appeal, leaving him eligible to return Sept. 23 in Miami.

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Angel Pagan still dealing with back issues
by Igor Mello |

Giants leadoff hitter Angel Pagan was a late scratch Monday night against the Diamondbacks because of back stiffness, per Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. Pagan's back locked up again in batting practice. He has just one hit over his last 10 at-bats. He is hitting .302 on the year with two homers and 27 RBI.

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Bryce Harper exits game with lightheadedness
by Igor Mello |

Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper was forced out of Monday's game against the Braves due to lightheadedness, the team announced. Harper was removed in the top of the fourth with the issue.

Harper will likely be evaluated and the team should provide an update before Tuesday's game against Atlanta.

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Nolan Arenado sent for an MRI Monday
by Igor Mello |

Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado underwent an MRI on his ribs on Monday. Although the results of the exam have not been made public, the Rockies don't expect the injury to be serious, per the Denver Post. Arenado will rejoin the team at Coors Field on Monday.

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Dodgers fear Hyun-Jin Ryu could be done for regular season
by Igor Mello |

Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu underwent an MRI on his injured left shoulder, which showed no changes from his MRI in May, the team announced. Manager Don Mattingly is bracing for the possibility that Ryu will not be available again in the regular season, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Ryu will not pitch Wednesday against the Rockies. Instead, he'll be shut down for at least four days before he is re-evaluated again. The team has not established a timetable for his return.

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Yohan Flande takes over for Franklin Morales in starting rotation
by Igor Mello |

Rockies pitcher Yohan Flande will take the place of Franklin Morales in the rotation, according to the Denver Post. Flande will make the start Thursday against the Diamondbacks.

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Josh Hamilton could serve as a designated hitter Tuesday
by Igor Mello |

Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton felt a little tight but did not experience any pain after three rounds of batting practice prior to Monday's game against the Mariners. He also ran the bases before the game. According to the Los Angeles Times, Hamilton could be healthy enough to serve as a designated hitter on Tuesday.

Hamilton has been sidelined since Sept. 4 because of a right shoulder injury. He batted .263 with 10 homers and 44 RBI over 335 at-bats.

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Padres not looking to slow down Tyson Ross
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

Even though Tyson Ross' worst start of the season Saturday at Arizona also happened to be his first since topping his previous career high in innings by 40, the Padres ace doesn't think the workload is catching up to him.

"I think it's just a bump in the road," Ross told the San Diego Union-Tribune Saturday. "It could have been the 31st start. It could have been the third start. It was bound to happen and the key for me is to get a good night's rest, come to the park [Sunday] and start my process all over again and prepare for the next one."

Manager Bud Black said the Padres don't plan to limit Ross' workload over the final two weeks.

"It's good for Tyson to finish the season strong as he goes into the winter knowing that he's done it once he can do it again -- break 200 innings, make 33, 34 starts," Black said. "That means a lot to a pitcher as far as confidence and the mental edge that that brings, knowing that you can do that."

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Rafael Soriano working toward reclaiming ninth
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

Nationals reliever Rafael Soriano pitched a scoreless seventh inning Saturday at the Mets in his first appearance since taking some time off to work on his mechanics. According to the Washington Post, he's working to stand taller on the mound and incorporate a brief pause at the top of his delivery. Standing taller helps him keep his pitches down in the zone.

"That's why the breaking ball is better now," Soriano said.

Manager Matt Williams said the best-case scenario is for Soriano to regain closing duties, but he's not to that point yet. Drew Storen has filled in admirably so far.

"We're winning and that's what's most important,” Soriano said. "[Storen has] done it before and knows how to do it. It's a team and if you're not doing something consistently you have to put another guy in there to help. I don't have any issue with that, especially if we're winning."

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Chris Davis to stay fresh in instructional league
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

Orioles slugger Chris Davis is expected to report to the organization's spring training complex in Sarasota, Fla., to play in some instructional league games while serving his 25-game suspension, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Davis tested positive for amphetamines and began serving his suspension Sept. 12. Instructional league games begin Monday and end Oct. 7. Davis is eligible to return Oct. 14 -- or Game 4 of the ALCS, provided the Orioles advance that far.

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